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Deakin and Francis

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of 17 Regent Place, Birmingham. Telephone: Central 50 (2 lines). Cables: "Deafra, Birmingham". (1929)

of Regent Place, Birmingham 1. Telephone: Birmingham Central 7751-2. Cables: "Deafra." (1947)

Founded in 1786, Deakin and Francis is today, seven generations later, still owned and managed by the Deakin family. (From the company website - 02/08)

1780 Company established by Henry Woolfield and continued as Henry Woolfield and Son until 1825.

1825 C. W. S. Deakin carried on the business.

1881 J. H. Francis joined the firm.

1902 Incorporated as a limited company.

1914 Manufacturing jewellers and silversmiths. Specialities: gem and gold jewellery, goldware and silverware of all descriptions. [1]

1929 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Gem Jewellery, Gold Jewellery, Gold Cigarette Cases, Cigarette Boxes, Cups, Vanities, Match Boxes, etc. Silver Challenge Cups and Bowls, Cigarette Cases, Cigarette Boxes, Smokers' Lamps, Toilet Ware, Table Ware, etc. Birmingham Jewellers' and Silversmiths' Association Member. (Stand Nos. J.43 and J.54) [2]

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Wedding Rings, Medals, Cigarette Cases, Signet Rings, Brooches, Cigarette Boxes, Flexible Bracelets, Links, Enamelled Ware, Gem Jewellery, Studs, Hollow Ware, Mason Jewellery, Safeties, Brush Sets, Challenge Cups, Vanities, Child's Sets. (Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. E.1716) [3]



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  • [1] Deakin and Francis Website